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APRIL 14: Marty O'Reilly & The Old Soul Orchestra with The Dixie Giants, Petaluma - press play to see live performance.
Tucked away beneath a plethora of boutiques and busy restaurants on the main strip of downtown Petaluma, The Big Easy takes a page from the good old prohibition days, when underground clubs were all the rage. On April 14, get lost in Marty O’Reilly’s blend of folk, blues and jazz tunes and the Dixie Giant's sassy brass tunes. Skip the password at the door, grab a partner and take on the dance floor. The best part? It's all for a great cause: the event is a fundraiser for Syrian children refugees. The Big Easy, 128 American Alley, Petaluma, $15-20 (Video: Marty O'Reilly & The Old Soul Orchestra, tracked live at Prairie Sun Recording, Cotati)
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APRIL 15: Choo-Choo Soul with Genevieve, Rohnert Park
Skip sitting around the TV and take the kids out for an afternoon of interactive fun as the chipper train conductor of Disney's Choo-Choo Soul with Genevieve takes the Green Music Center stage in Rohnert Park. On April 15, Genevieve and her beatboxing and breakdancing engineer DC will perform their funky hip-hop renditions of the ABC’s and 1-2-3’s. Get ready to sing and dance along to their child-friendly tunes. Green Music Center, 1801 East Cotati Ave, Rohnert Park, Noon, Tickets $20 Adults, $10 Kids. (Courtesy photo)
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APRIL 15: Trebuchet Album Release Show, Petaluma - press play to see live performance.
Petaluma’s own indie-rockers Trebuchet celebrate the release of their second album at The Phoenix Theatre on April 15. The band met in the music department at Sonoma State University, formed a band in 2010, and has since released two EP’s, a full-length album, and played festivals such as Napa's BottleRock. Their second album title, “Volte-Face,” which means an act of turning around or changing direction in French, captures the band’s new musical direction, adding layers of synthesized sounds and electric guitar. Catch the new songs live at The Phoenix Theater; the concert line-up also includes local bands Mare Island, Brown Bags and Horders. The Phoenix Theater, 201 Washington St, Petaluma, $10. (Video: Trebuchet plays “In Pursuit" during their 2/14/17 Onstage with Jim & Tom performance. Recorded at at the Phoenix Theater in Petaluma)
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APRIL 16: Hopmonk Comedy Night, Sebastopol
Need a good laugh and great beer? Look no further. Hopmonk Sebastopol hosts an open mic comedy night every third Sunday of the month. The recurring laugh fest allows veteran and aspiring comedians to sign up an hour before the show on a first-come, first-take-the-stage basis. Admission is free and features a spontaneous line-up of stand-up comedians. HopMonk Tavern, 230 Petaluma Ave, Sebastopol, Sign ups: 7:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pm, Free. (Photo courtesy of Hopmonk Tavern Sebastopol)
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APRIL 20: Museum Night Out, Sumi-e Painting, Santa Rosa
What better way to get creative than to take a class with an artist whose work has been featured in exhibitions throughout the United States? On April 20, spend a night learning to paint with Healdsburg artist Kathleen Youngquist, who was an art instructor at Santa Rosa Junior College for 15 years. Explore different techniques to express yourself using bamboo brush and ink, included in the admission piece with two drinks. Art Museum of Sonoma County, 505 B Street Santa Rosa, 6:30 p.m. - 8p.m., Members: $20 Non-members: $25. (Photo: Kent Porter)